05/17/2006 11:00PM

Rider charged in auto death

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Woodbine-based jockey David Clark is facing five charges, including impaired operation of a motor vehicle causing death, after being involved in a fatal collision Tuesday evening in the city of Vaughan, Ontario.

Regional police said Clark was southbound on Huntingdon Road, south of Major Mackenzie Drive, when his vehicle struck one traveling northbound.

Suzanne Mizuno, a 34-year-old passenger in the northbound vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene. Both the driver of the northbound vehicle and Clark were taken to the hospital for treatment and released.

Clark was released from custody pending a later hearing.

Clark, 52, won a Sovereign Award as Canada's outstanding jockey in 1988. Through last Sunday, Clark had ridden 2,558 winners of more than $63 million. He is currently sixth in the Woodbine standings.